10 Common Facebook Problems & Errors and How to Fix Them
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Nearly everyone uses Facebook, but can we all agree that it kind of sucks? For every great story or picture you see on Facebook, you’ll have a dozen low-quality memes, annoying posts, and even frustrating user interface elements.

Let’s put a stop to all that for good. We’ll cover fixes for some of Facebook’s most obnoxious issues so you don’t have to put up with them anymore.

1. Shut Up Excessive Posters

We all know someone like this:

These scenarios result in a dilemma. You don’t want to unfriend these people and hurt their feelings, but you’re also sick of seeing their posts. The solution is to unfollow them; you won’t see their updates anymore but you remain friends.

To unfollow someone, just visit their profile page. On the right side of their cover photo, you should see a Following box. Click that, and select Unfollow [Name]. Now you won’t have to suffer from that person’s posts. You’ll still be friends, so you can visit their timeline anytime if you want to check out what they’re up to.

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Unfollowing someone doesn’t send them a notification, so don’t worry — you’re incognito. Enjoy your clutter-free timeline.

2. Keep Important Friends First

On the opposite end of the spectrum are friends whose posts you don’t want to miss. Facebook’s ever-changing algorithms How (and Why) to Disable Algorithmic Feeds on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook How (and Why) to Disable Algorithmic Feeds on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook Twitter and Instagram are now following Facebook with algorithmic timelines. See what this change means for you, why you might want to disable it, and how to go back to the old view. Read More mean you might not even see certain updates from friends. To combat this, you can specify your closest friends and see their updates at the top of your feed, every time.

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Visit the friend’s page whose posts you can’t miss. Click the Following box again, but this time select See First. Now Facebook will always show you those updates right away. Whether you use this for creeping 5 Effective Tips To Ask a Girl Out On Facebook 5 Effective Tips To Ask a Girl Out On Facebook What happens if a girl catches your eye on Facebook? How can you approach her and get to know her without scaring her off? Let's discuss some important advice. Read More or not is up to you.

When you really can’t miss an update from a certain someone, you can get notifications every time they post. Visit their page, then click the Friends box. You can choose Get Notifications, and Facebook will send you a notification every time that friend posts.

If you like, you can also add that person to the Close Friends group. Doing so will automatically enable notifications when they post, and you can also share posts exclusively with your Close Friends group.

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3. Opt Out of Targeted Ads

Facebook makes an unfathomable amount of money from advertising. Thus, it spends a lot of time trying to serve you the most relevant ads in the hopes you’ll interact with them. By default, Facebook tracks you everywhere you go Facebook Is Tracking You! Here's How to Stop It Facebook Is Tracking You! Here's How to Stop It Who is tracking your movements online? ISPs, the government, Google... but what about social media sites like Facebook? Yes, them too. Here's how you stop Facebook tracking you around the internet. Read More and uses your browsing habits to come up with the best ads for you.

You can opt out of these personalized ads and see more general ones for your age group and gender. To do so, click the small drop-down arrow in the top-right of Facebook’s window and select Settings. Select Ads on the left sidebar, and open the Ad settings category on the resulting page.

Here, you can set the first two options to No and the third to No One. This will stop Facebook ads from using your browsing history to show you ads both on and off Facebook How Advertisers Use Web Beacons to Track You on the Web and in Emails How Advertisers Use Web Beacons to Track You on the Web and in Emails Have you ever wondered how advertisers track you around the web? There are many methods, but the use of web beacons is one of the more common and effective. Read More . The Ads with your social actions option prevents Facebook from using your Likes as ads to your friends.

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4. Stop Sharing Posts With Everyone

Just like you get sick of seeing others’ posts, sometimes you don’t want to share your own updates with some friends. Maybe you don’t want your boss seeing what you were up to on your day off, or don’t need another round of your sister’s commentary on what you have to say. Using a few methods, you can easily hide your posts from certain people.

If you only want to hide a post from someone once, click the audience selector button (it probably says Friends or Public) on the post. Select Friends except… and search for the friends you don’t want to see the post. Click the red Remove button to keep them from seeing the post, then Save Changes to finish.

common facebook problems and errors and fixes

To add keep someone from seeing your posts all the time, you can add them to your Restricted list. People on this list won’t see anything you post unless it’s set to Public The Ins and Outs of Followers & Following on Facebook The Ins and Outs of Followers & Following on Facebook If you're not Facebook friends with a person, how can they see your updates on their home page? If someone is following you, how can you stop them? And what "following" anyway? Read More or you tag them in it. Visit someone’s page, select the Friends button, and then click Add to another list… Scroll down and click the Restricted list.

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5. Disable Photo Tag Suggestions for Friends

Photo tagging is a fun feature on the surface, but it’s a problem for Facebook privacy Facebook Photo Privacy Settings You Need To Know About Facebook Photo Privacy Settings You Need To Know About As with everything regarding privacy on Facebook, managing your photos' privacy settings isn't always easy. Read More . If someone takes an embarrassing picture of you and tags you in it, all your friends will be able to see that picture. And there’s always the risk that someone could use a tagged photo to obtain too much personal information on you.

You can’t block photo tags on Facebook, but you can disable suggestions. Visit Settings again, and select Timeline and Tagging from the left sidebar. On the Who sees tag suggestions when photos that look like you are uploaded? option, choose No One.

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Friends can still enter your name to tag you in a picture, but Facebook won’t offer suggestions based on its recognition algorithms. Thus, they won’t see these popups:

common facebook problems and errors and fixes

6. Block Annoying Auto-Playing Videos

Nobody likes videos that play as soon as you scroll past them. They’re loud and can catch you off-guard if you thought you had your volume muted. Plus, if you’re on a metered connection, they’re a waste of data.

To turn off video autoplay, click the top-right arrow anywhere on Facebook and choose Settings. Click the Videos tab on the left, and then set the Auto-Play Videos option to Off.

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7. Block Annoying App Invites

Facebook features hundreds of stupid games, all of them designed to waste time and take your money. If you’re sick of friends pleading for extra lives in Candy Crush, you can block all Facebook invites and requests Your Complete Guide to Blocking Facebook Invites Your Complete Guide to Blocking Facebook Invites But game invites can fill up your notifications. How do you stop them?! Hint: The answer does not involve posting a status update. Read More by game or by person.

Take another trip to Settings, and pick the Blocking tab this time. Find the Block app invites field and enter any friend who’s invited you one too many times. You’ll automatically block all requests in the future. This won’t affect any other part of your interaction with them on Facebook.

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If you’d like, you can also enter an app’s name in the Block apps field. This will prevent it from contacting you and using your Facebook information.

8. Change the Interface to Your Liking

Some elements of Facebook are unchangeable through default options. If you want to take your Facebook customization to the next level, you’ll need to install a Facebook browser extension 15 Extensions to Transform Your Facebook Experience 15 Extensions to Transform Your Facebook Experience From finding out who unfriended you to keeping to removing those annoying boxes in the sidebar, here are the 15 best extensions for a better Facebook. Read More .

The best one is Social Fixer. It’s available as a browser extension for Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Opera. Once you install it, you’ll see a wrench icon in the upper-right corner of every Facebook page. Click that and choose Social Fixer Options to customize the experience, though it makes several improvements out of the box.

Social Fixer offers too many options to cover here, but among the highlights:

  • Automatically enable Most Recent view in your News Feed (General tab).
  • Use Ctrl + Enter instead of Enter to submit comments (General tab).
  • Enable the Friend Manager to get alerts when people unfriend you (General tab).
  • Use the Hide Posts tab to hide any updates with certain words.
  • Try some pre-made Filters to weed out politics, spoilers, and more.

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Dig into the Social Fixer options and you’ll find many more ways to change the most annoying parts of Facebook.

Common Facebook Errors

We conclude with tips for a few common errors people deal with when trying to access Facebook.

9. Forgot Facebook Password

Far and away, forgetting your Facebook login information is one of the biggest issues folks run into. We’ve written a full guide to recovering your Facebook account if you can’t log in How to Recover Your Facebook Account When You Can No Longer Log In How to Recover Your Facebook Account When You Can No Longer Log In Did you forget your password and can no longer log in? Or was your account hacked? Here's how you can recover your Facebook account. Read More . And if you think your account was hacked 4 Things to Do Immediately When Your Facebook Account Is Hacked 4 Things to Do Immediately When Your Facebook Account Is Hacked Having your Facebook account hacked is a nightmare. A stranger now has access to all your personal information and could harass your friends and followers. Here's what you can do to contain the damage. Read More , you need to act quickly.

10. Can’t Connect to Facebook

Since Facebook is one of the biggest sites on the web, it rarely experiences an outage. Next time you can’t get on Facebook, follow a few steps to diagnose the problem:

  1. Check a website like Down for Everyone to see if Facebook is really down. If it is, you can’t do much more than wait.
  2. Visit another website to make sure your connection is working. If not, follow our steps to fixing internet connection problems 7 Simple Steps to Diagnose a Network Problem 7 Simple Steps to Diagnose a Network Problem Network issues are frustrating, especially when the problem lies with your ISP. Next time you can't get online, here's the process you should follow on your end to diagnose the network problem. Read More .
  3. Clear your browser cache and cookies How to Manually & Automatically Clear Your Browser History How to Manually & Automatically Clear Your Browser History The websites you visit leave tracks on your computer. We show you how to delete your browsing history in Firefox, Chrome, Edge, and Internet Explorer. Read More , or try to open Facebook in an incognito window Guest Mode vs. Incognito Mode in Chrome: What's the Difference? Guest Mode vs. Incognito Mode in Chrome: What's the Difference? Chrome offers Incognito mode and Guest mode for private browsing. While they're similar, some key differences separate them. Here's when to use which one. Read More or another browser. If this works, something about your current browser is the issue.
  4. Disable any VPNs or tracker-blocking extensions you have running and try to connect to Facebook directly.
  5. Reboot your PC and router.

Which Facebook Annoyances Drive You Crazy?

We’ve shared fixes for ten of the most common Facebook aggravations and errors. By flipping the right settings or using powerful extensions, you can make Facebook a more pleasant experience for yourself.

For more, check out these important Facebook changes you should know about 6 New Features and Changes to Facebook You Should Know 6 New Features and Changes to Facebook You Should Know It's difficult to keep up with Facebook changes, or know what's new and useful. So we are revisiting the best things to come from Facebook recently, in case you missed any of them. Read More .

We’re sure you’ve run into more problems in your time with the service. What elements of Facebook are the most obnoxious to you? Share in the comments!

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  1. Paul Tutt
    August 11, 2018 at 1:58 am

    I was having the same problem as Gail Spink, but found that if I went to another computer the problem disappeared. I didn't whitelist your site because I've had difficulties with other sites and am now very cautious. Thanks for the info on your site.

  2. Gail Spink
    July 14, 2018 at 11:35 pm

    This is the second day I’m unable to scroll down my newsfeed. I can see a few new posts and then nothing. ?

  3. Pat
    January 31, 2018 at 1:15 am

    When you “hide post” does it keep returning every time you read your feed? I get tired of hiding a post only to have reappear time and time again.

  4. Robert
    January 5, 2018 at 4:40 pm

    "Disable Photo Tag Suggestions for Friends" and "Block Annoying App Invites" is not listed as options for me.
    This may be because I do not live in the US.
    It would be nice if you checked and mention this when MUO publishes such articles.
    Another reason FB sucks

    • Ben Stegner
      January 7, 2018 at 5:55 pm

      I'm sorry those options aren't available for you. As MUO writes for a primarily U.S. audience and I myself live in the USA, it's tough for me to check if something works in different areas. But I'll be sure to mention this to the team; thank you for letting us know!

  5. Martina
    January 5, 2018 at 6:20 am

    Social Fixer there was cool, some years ago but is now is a piece of crap. Take FB Purity instead. Is faaaarr better.